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Mandatory school age could fall from 7 to 5 in Illinois

Publié par Clifford Armion le 02/12/2013

Gary Marx and David Jackson

In a move aimed at countering Chicago's crisis in K-8 truancy and absenteeism, state Sen. Kimberly Lightford has introduced legislation to lower Illinois' compulsory school age from 7 to 5.
Experts say it is critical to establish the habit of attendance in kindergarten and first grade. Yet Illinois law does not make school compulsory until most children enter second grade, which school authorities say often prevents them from imposing consequences on parents of the youngest truants.
"If we're going to change lives, we have to impact students at an early age. It's the early years that make all the difference in education," said state Rep. La Shawn Ford, D-Chicago, who plans to co-sponsor the bill in the House.
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"Mandatory school age could fall from 7 to 5 in Illinois", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), décembre 2013. Consulté le 11/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/mandatory-school-age-could-fall-from-7-to-5-in-illinois